THE Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) has launched its first specialist Paralympic program.
The program will have an immediate impact on local elite wheelchair basketball athletes, who are in training to represent Australia on the women’s Gliders team and men’s Rollers team at next year’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.
“For me personally, it’ll be a more structured training schedule; to have someone that oversees it and individualises the program for each of our needs is amazing,” Clare Nott, a dual Paralympian and Gliders player from North Coogee, said.
Nott recently returned from China where she played in the qualifying tournament for the World Championships.
She said it’s a special feeling to represent Australia on the world stage.
“Not that many people get to do it so you’ve got that accountability on you to do it really well,” she said.
Basketball Australia’s high performance and national teams general manager Jan Stirling said the support the program will offer Paralympic athletes in WA is unique.
“These athletes are sensational, dedicated and committed, and they do it with a drive that’s second to none,” she said.
The WAIS Wheelchair Basketball Program is a partnership with Basketball WA and Basketball Australia, with the program set to call the WAIS High Performance Service Centre home from December 1.